“The annual Holiday Dinner at St Mary’s Hospital is a highlight for families and staff. The Foundation provides a delicious dinner and the event has expanded to include crafts/activities for siblings as well as gifts for the NICU babies and families. Thanks to the Jack & Abby Foundation, families, siblings and staff are all able to enjoy a time of fellowship outside of the stressful NICU environment. The opportunity to share a meal alongside our NICU families in a casual and welcoming environment is truly a gift.”

– Dr. Lynn Jonhson, Neonatologist, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital

Our people

Teamwork makes the dream work


After losing Jack & Abby in 2009, Stefanie and Karl co-founded the Jack & Abby Neonatal Foundation in their memory. Together they are the loving parents of three children, their angel twins, Jack & Abby, and their son Matthew, a healthy and strong NICU graduate. Stefanie and Karl oversee the needs of the Foundation.

Stefanie Smith
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Stefanie spent 15+ years as an event planning professional planning a variety of corporate, government and non-profit events before finding her calling in pediatric fundraising. Currently, she works full-time as a Development Officer raising funds for pediatric and women’s services with the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation. She graduated with a B.A. from The American University.

Karl Smith
Co-Founder and Director of Operations
Karl is CEO of his 40 year-old family business, Cresset Corporation, specializing in custom awards and promotional products. He graduated with a B.A. from James Madison University and is beginning an Executive MBA program at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in the fall of 2016.

Katherine Kapinos
Managing Director
Before returning home to Richmond, VA, Katherine worked for a private equity firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in investments in pediatric healthcare services and business service companies. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia and has a Masters in Education from Campbell University. She was a school teacher, and currently volunteers for pediatric hospice and palliative care. She is the mother of two young children. Katherine handles the day-to-day duties of the Foundation under the supervision of Karl and Stefanie.